Angry Birds

Angry Birds
Rovio Mobile recently released it’s best selling app, Angry Birds, free of charge on the Android Market. Since I just recently upgraded to a Motorola Droid X, it only seemed right to give the game a shot.

It’s always fun to look at a hit game on any given platform and try to find out what all the commotion is about. Such was the case for me with Angry Birds. I’ve read a number of articles about it’s success before I ever had a chance to play it for myself. The premise sounded simple enough. You basically launch ammunition (in this case a bird) from a sling-shot toward at a structure (a castle) with the goal of destroying as much as you can and specifically, the pigs contained therein. It’s not a new concept by any means. But what sets it apart from a lot of other games is it’s attention to detail. This is a game that most people wouldn’t even think needs a story, but the simple premise set forth in the opening clips is both humorous and imaginative and gives a reason for the mayhem. (As my wife commented, there will be some kid who plays this game that will grow up thinking that pigs are the primary natural enemies of birds.)

The sound affects are fun and appropriate, the animations and facial expressions, be they ever so slight at times, make even the pauses in the action enjoyable. (I love the way pigs give that “you missed me” look and snort with a bit of arrogance.) The controls are very simple as you pull back the sling-shot with your index finger, position your angle and release. The physics feel just right as the birds are sent soaring and the building materials all have an appropriate weight to them.

The birds (the sling-shot ammunition) come in five different varieties adding new strategies for dismantling and destroying your targets. As the game progresses, you’ll need some new weaponry to tackle the structures. The stage difficulty seems to ramp up very smoothly as you progress, though admittedly I haven’t finished the game yet.

The free version does contain ads that appear in the bottom right of the screen. None have been offensive for children thus far and they don’t really detract from the gaming experience. If you own an Android device, you owe it to yourself to download it. You can’t beat the price.

The Rundown:

  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Developer: Rovio Mobile
  • Price:
    • Android Market: FREE
    • iTunes: $0.99 – Very much worth the price.

About Michael "Tebroc" Corbett

According to Mike's memory banks, his first experience with video games happened in 1981 on his brother Jim's Atari VCS - CX2600. (Mike is unsure of whether or not it was a Sunnyvale Edition.) Asteroids and Defender were his favorite games. Fast-forward 20 some years and he has gone on to save the princess but not any money. He never learned to read but now writes articles using speech-to-text technology. Awesome.